Northwest NEWS

November 29, 1999

Sports

Junior Falcons take league championship

Junior Falcons

Coaches of the 1999 Junior Falcons Football Rookies Blue were Mark Morgan, Mike Pattison, Ross Morgan, Marc Matsui, and Tony Papasedero. Team members included Robert Fuldner, Devin Pattison, Sam Schloredt, Michael Haines, Steven Murdock, Noah Schorr, Luke Larson, Vincent Papasedero, Hunter Burn, Nolan Matsui, Matthew Clauson, Jameson Pugmire, Jordan Todesco, Gregory Davitte, Chase Larsen, Benjamin Schwitters, Berrett Pugmire, Nick Morgan, and David Peltier.

by Vernon S. Davitte, special to the Weekly

   The Falcons (9-0) recently faced off in a battle of the best of Eastside Rookie football against the Newport Knights (8-1).

   The Falcons, led by head coaches Mark and Ross Morgan, offensive line coach Mike Pattison, and defensive line coach Tony Papasadero, received the opening kickoff and marched down the field behind the solid offensive line of Robert Fuldner, Noah Schorr, David Peltier, Hunter Burn, Ben Schwitters, Mike Haines, and Jamison Pugmire.

   The always-cool QB Luke Larson handed off to Jordan Todesco and Vincent Papasadero, who took turns carrying the ball into Newport's end zone for an early score. Newport also scored with their first possession, missing the extra point to tie the score at 6. On their next possession, the Falcons turned the ball over to Newport, who on a runaway burst, went 60 yards for a subsequent score, missing again on the extra point attempt.

   Newport led at halftime, 12-6. The vaunted defense of the Falcons came out with some second-half adjustments to neutralize the Newport ground game, taking a "bend but don't break" philosophy, essentially knocking the Knights off their running horse.

   That defense forced the Knights to ride more east to west than north to south, stringing out the ground game with great defensive line play by Barrett Pugmire, Jamison Pugmire, Nick Morgan, Jordan Todesco, Sam Schloredt, and Greg Davitte, and hard- hitting linebacking and safety play of Steven Murdock, Devin Pattison, Vincent Papasadero, Nolan Matsui, Chase Larson, and Matthew Clausen.

   Punctuating the tough defense was the continued strong running of Jordan Todesco and Vincent Papasadero, who again stepped into the Knights' end zone for 7 points, making it 13-12, Falcons.

   With a long 5 minutes to go, Newport got no further than the Falcon 40, and the Woodinville fans began celebrating a league championship for Falcon football.